I'm one of the old school traditionalist bloggers, if you can count "old school" as the early 2000's. When I started Restore the Church, I wanted to provide a place for balanced traditionalist commentary. I wanted to call things as they existed, yet doing so with respect for the Church and the papacy. I also wanted to avoid what I viewed pope-worship by many "conservatives." These individuals typically treated every utterance of the pope (or more often their flawed interpretation) as the inspired word of God, and if you didn't join them in such assesments, you were a heretic who resisted the Holy Spirit. For them, they needed the permission of the Pope to go to the bathroom.
I think sometimes my traditionalist brethren do the reverse. To them, the Latin Mass and the traditionalist movement is one papal utterance away from obliteration. While technically true, would it really hurt to have a bit of faith in God? We believe the Latin Mass is the most beautiful thing this side of heaven. 8 years ago we lived in Indult Ghettos. My mass was literally in the ghetto, right across the street from a strip club, on Sundays at 4pm, in the murder capital of America, so when it was dark, barely anyone came. We also were forbidden by the Bishop from advertising its existence. Yet we were brave (or incredibly stubborn) and went, and from time to time it even grew.
In 2013, that Latin Mass still exists. It is joined by two parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit offering the Extraordinary Form every Sunday and several times throughout the week. They are joined by a Church a few minutes across the border in Canada, and at least 3 or 4 different churches in a 15 mile radius who offer the Latin Mass at least once a month. When it was time to choose the priest to say our nuptial mass, I could think of ten priests in the metro detroit area alone.
Now some will state that this is not a typical experience. To which I say you are darn right it isn't. Detroit got where it was through some outstanding priests, and a lot of really energetic laymen who were very creative in promoting the Latin Mass. Once the Pope allowed such instances to come into being, they ran with it. They didn't need a papal bull laying out every detail of how to do it. When people complained about how they wished priests and the pope were even more accomodating, they snapped "well what are you going to do about it? Complain to the choir?"
The other big contributor to the growth of the Extraordinary Form was people finally realized not all traditionalists are like the Rorate Caeli crowd. The church at large found out that the traditionalist movement was stacked with young guns whose mind was as sharp as their wit, and all of them had broods of children who knew the Latin Mass better at age 5 than most adults did 50 years ago. They are even becoming less socially akward! Better yet, they weren't a bunch of cranky boogeymen yelling at people to get off their liturgical lawn. They were too busy living out their Catholic family life to be sucked into some echo chamber on blogs and social media.
Don't get me wrong, what Pope Benedict XVI did with the motu proprio was important. Yet the success or failure of the traditionalist movement has always resided with the people who are traditionalists. If we believe in the beauty of the Latin Mass, God will preserve it. Even in the remote possiblity this pope or any pope were to ban the Latin Mass or severly restrict its usage, the enemies of tradition would just learn again what they learned last time: you can't kill this mass, and you can't snuff out tradition within the souls of the faithful. When the Latin Mass would rise again, there will be those like me, dancing a jig on the graves of those individuals who were foolish enough to try.